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A Galaxy Far Far Away: Inside the Universe of a Phenomenon (10th Anniversary Special Edition) (2000)

Various , Tariq Jalil  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Tariq Jalil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinevolve
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HDXHQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Galaxy Far Far Away: Inside the Universe of a Phenomenon (10th Anniversary Special Edition)" on IMDb

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4 Stars. Incredibly clever. --Film Threat

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1977, Star Wars premieres at Mann's Chinese Theater. It triggers a pop culture phenomenon that has lasted to this day. 1999. Fans anticipate the release of Episode I, The Phantom Menace. A Galaxy Far Far Away features interviews with hundreds of fans, movie executives and high profile celebrities, shedding new light on the film trilogy that has captivated generations of moviegoers.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the old days, we used to call this religion March 18, 2006
Format:DVD
I didn't know what to expect from a documentary about fandom, but I guessed it wouldn't be good. Generally, this type of documentary leans in one of two directions: 1) it demonstrates how geeks are crazier than everyone else so "normal" people can feel better about themselves, or 2) it slavishly focuses on one aspect of a hobby to the exclusion of any negative commentary about the subject.

What's surprising about A Galaxy, Far, Far Away is that it actually provides a balanced view of the two perspectives by showing the extremes. In essence, this is a journey about one producer trying to understand why everyone was so excited about Star Wars.

We're not talking about "I like Star Wars" kinds of fandom. We're talking about camping out in front of a movie theater 42 days before the fourth entry in George Lucas' series.

I remember the days leading up to that first movie. There was Star Wars merchandise in every single store: shoe stores had Star Wars shoes, toy stores had Star Wars toys, book stores had Star Wars books, ad infinitum. It finally struck me where else I had seen such cross-channel marketing...a holiday.

In essence, Lucas created a national holiday. There was no merchant who wasn't somehow touched by the film's release. Many of my coworkers took the day off to see it, just like it were a holiday. A Star Wars holiday (not to be confused with the Star Wars holiday special).

Tariq Jalil, the director and narrator, takes us along on the journey to understand why Americans were so excited about what amounts to a couple hours of staring at a big screen. And he uncovers a couple of truths along the way.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed geeks - Both good and bad. October 12, 2002
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I just watched this documentary tonight. so, I thought I'd put my two cents worth into what I think about the DVD, as well as the Star Wars phenomenon in general.
First off, I have to say that for the most part this DVD has been put together quite well. It has some pretty good rockin' background music, and it covers the phenomenon of Star Wars as well as the specific build up of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The only complaint I really have about the DVD is that the bonus features menu for the deleted scenes doesn't leave the last feature you just watched selected or the next feature selected in the list. In other words, after each deleted scene, you have to start from the top of the menu again instead of where you left off. But other than that, it's a well put together DVD. And the bonus features are good.
I must say, even though I know how big Star Wars is, I never actually got to experience hype that big until watching this DVD. I knew about the crazy people camping out waiting a month and a half for the movie and whatnot. But to actually be a part of it I never was really. The most I've done was get in line two hours before the midnight showing on opening night of Episode II with my ticket in hand. And even that was a big event. But to actually have a documentary dive into different areas around the U.S. and talk to people waiting in line for 42 days and to just see all the craziness behind it is incredible.
They documented the Toys 'R' Us mayhem of May 3, 1999 with legions of Star Wars fans lining up just to buy the new toys. They covered people who actually believe the force is real and claim Jedi as their religion. They interviewed famous stars like Meat Loaf and Joe Pesci about what their thoughts were on the Star Wars phenomenon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Saul, Saul Good May 6, 2002
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A truly inspired documentary that both embraces and laughs at the very phenomenon it dissects. "A Galaxy Far Far Away" broke attendance records when it opened the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This film more than portrays the inner workings of the Star Wars fan but more importantly seeks to answer why the phenomenon has caught on the way it has.
Sure there are people in the film to make you groan, but there are others who you deeply empathize with. More than just a film meant to capatilize on the fandom it portrays, it seeks something deeper and yet remains thoroughly entertaining and humorous as well.
Loaded with celebrity cameos, though not all of them with sound (as seen in the film's coda), "A Galaxy Far, Far Away" is meant not only for any fan of "Star Wars" but also any fan of life and what makes our society what it is.
The film is worth viewing for the supergenius himslef, who parades around as Boba Fett playing remixed Star Wars inspired dance songs and for a truly brilliant scene comparing the power of need: fans pushing and shoving for the newly released Star Wars action figure versus citizens of Kosovo pushing and shoving for a single piece of bread.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another Sci-Fi Geek flick May 6, 2002
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From the title, you might expect this film to be only for sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not.
From some of the bizarre characters it finds for interviews, you might think this film is only for people who want to laugh at sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not.
This film somehow manages to walk the line between analysis of the social phenomenon of Star Wars and our need to laugh at the weird. Plenty of humor, an eye into a slice of Americana, and something to think about. Worth seeing.
- Graduate Student, Harvard University
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+
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Published 1 month ago by William Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's Like A Drug!"...
A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY is a documentary about the STAR WARS phenomenon / fan base, ranging from the fanatical (waiting in line for 42 days to see PHANTOM MENACE) to the completely... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerd-Tastic
Like any documentary, it has it's ups and downs. But this documentary is an amusing look inside of a fandom that is full of overly obsessive fanboys and girls. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Katie Phelps
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Cinematography that looks like it was shot by a 5 year old, terrible audio and a message that basically says there's no God. Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Linda Judd
2.0 out of 5 stars A few good moments, but not as interesting as I had hoped
I would not recommend this movie. Few subjects are more interesting than Star Wars, and yet somehow the filmmakers struggle to put together an entertaining movie. Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by JMM
5.0 out of 5 stars May the Force be with you!
"A Galaxy Far Far Away" shows the religious fervor surrounding the opening- of all things- Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition). Read more
Published on August 19, 2010 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Fan Fascination With "Star Wars"
"A Galaxy Far Far Away" is a documentary about the fan craze surrounding the motion picture "Star Wars. Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by The Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars May The Funny Be With You
This was a blast to watch. Since it was filmed during the pre-TPM buildup, it serves not only has a humorous and sometimes serious look at the event, but is a cool time capsule as... Read more
Published on March 27, 2005 by Stephen Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars A comedy pretending to be a documentary.
I personally don't belong to any fandom, but I was interested in seeing this film because I have studied popular culture for some years now. Read more
Published on January 22, 2005 by Grace Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I thought this was pretty well done. Several of my friends had told me about it so I decided to pick it up. Read more
Published on June 24, 2002
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